10 days in Oahu & Island of Hawaii Itinerary

10 days in Oahu & Island of Hawaii Itinerary

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Big Pineapple

In many ways much more Asian than American, Honolulu is Hawaii's largest city and its center of government, transportation, commerce, and tourism.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like USS Arizona Memorial and Makapuu Lighthouse Trail. Visiting Waikiki Beach and Lanikai Beach will get you outdoors. Explore Honolulu's surroundings by going to Haleiwa (Shark Diving & Scuba & Snorkeling) and Sharks Cove (in Pupukea). There's lots more to do: trek along Koko Crater Railway Trail, stroll the grounds of National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, appreciate the history behind Queen Liliuokalani Statue, and enjoy the sand and surf at Kapiolani Regional Park.

To see more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Honolulu road trip website.

Durham to Honolulu is an approximately 14-hour flight. You'll gain 5 hours traveling from Durham to Honolulu due to the time zone difference. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from Durham in December; daily highs in Honolulu reach 82°F and lows reach 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Kealakekua.

Things to do in Honolulu

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Historic Sites

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Kealakekua is a census-designated place (CDP) in Hawaii County, Hawaii, United States. Start off your visit on the 21st (Sat): explore the striking landscape of Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park, then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then get engrossed in the history at H.N. Greenwell Store Museum, and finally stop by Captain Cook Trading Co..

To see other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Kealakekua trip itinerary builder website.

Fly from Honolulu to Kealakekua in 4.5 hours. In December, daytime highs in Kealakekua are 82°F, while nighttime lows are 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Hilo.

Things to do in Kealakekua

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Shopping

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America's Wettest City

One of the island of Hawaii's major towns, Hilo contains a mix of Asian and Polynesian cultures and is known for its proximity to a national park encompassing two active volcanoes.
On the 22nd (Sun), get impressive views of Kīlauea, hike along Sulphur Banks, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Kazumura Cave Tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon): kick back and relax at Carlsmith Beach Park, then admire the sheer force of Rainbow Falls, then take a stroll through Kalapana, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Holei Sea Arch.

For more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Hilo trip itinerary maker site.

You can drive from Kealakekua to Hilo in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Hilo when traveling from Kealakekua in December, with lows around 65°F. On the 24th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Hilo

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

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Oahu travel guide

Beaches · Cemeteries · Scuba & Snorkeling
The Gathering Place
A top cultural and vacation destination within the Hawaiian Islands, Oahu is home to over 85 percent of the state's population. Aptly nicknamed the "Gathering Place," the island is truly at the heart of Hawaii, featuring the busy city of Honolulu and its surrounding districts. Visitors to Oahu can enjoy all the modern conveniences of a large city, while remaining within walking distance of secluded beaches, picturesque parks, high mountain peaks, and quaint little towns. To experience the laid-back side of Hawaii, take a trip away from the tourist hotspot of Waikiki, the island's most crowded neighborhood.

Island of Hawaii travel guide

Swim with Dolphins · Scuba & Snorkeling · Beaches
The Big Island
Aptly nicknamed the "Big Island," the Island of Hawaii features sunny, black-sand beaches on the western side by Kona and a tropical rain forest on the eastern by Hilo. In between, the massive mountain Maunaloa covers half the island, and Kilauea, one of the world's most active volcanoes, erupts continuously. Twice as large as all the other Hawaiian Islands combined, this big chunk of land in the Pacific manages to retain a laid-back atmosphere despite its immense popularity with tourists. Instead of spending your entire vacation at one of the island's luxurious tourist resorts, go on tours of this Pacific haven's coffee and macadamia nut plantations and working ranches, or explore its nature reserves and rugged trails.